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Skagit Audubon Field Notes

Compiled by Ann Skinner

10/16/23 – 11/12/23

This column reports a summary of selected sightings. Rare sightings should be submitted with detailed written documentation and if possible, a photograph.  A second person to verify rare sightings is encouraged. Do not hesitate to contact any observer to help document unusual sightings.

Please submit your sightings to birdsightings@skagitaudubon.org

For recent updates on bird sightings, check out ABA Tweeters and Skagit County Ebird List on the SAS website (Birding menu, Bird Sightings submenu).

 WATERFOWL
Trumpeter Swan (2 Ad. 3 Juv.) BBP, 11/7 (RH)
Snow Goose (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Surf Scoter (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
White-winged Scoter (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Long-tailed duck (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Bufflehead (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Barrow’s Goldeneye (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Red-breasted Merganser (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)             
Red-throated Loon (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)

GREBES
Horned Grebe (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Red-necked Grebe (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)  

SHOREBIRDS
Wilson’s Snipe (1) Lincoln Hill MV, 10/29 (TM)

GULLS, TERNS
Glaucous-winged Gull (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)

CORMORANTS, PELICANS, HERONS
Brandt’s Cormorant (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Double-crested Cormorant (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Great Blue Heron (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)

RAPTORS
Bald Eagle (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Rough-legged Hawk (Dk morph) SF, 11/9 (AW)
Rough-legged Hawk (Lt morph) SF, 11/9 (AW)
Cooper’s Hawk (1) SF, 11/9 (AW)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1) SF, 11/9 (AW)

OWLS
Short-eared Owl W-90, 11/8 (MS/JS)

FALCONS
American Kestrel (1) E-90, 11/8 (MS/JS)
Peregrine Falcon (2) SF, 11/9 (AW)
Merlin (1) SF, 11/9 (AW)

SHRIKES
Northern Shrike (1) E-90, 11/8 (MS/JS)

CORVIDS
American Crow (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Common Raven (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)

CHICKADEES
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)

BUSHTITS, KINGLETS
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)

NUTHATCHES & CREEPERS
Brown Creeper (1) SA, 11/4 (MS/JS)

THRUSHES
Hermit Thrush (1) WNPS garden, 10/29 (BC)

WRENS
Pacific Wren (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)

FINCHES, SPARROWS
Spotted Towhee (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Song Sparrow (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Dark-eyed Junco (1+) LSP, 11/11 (SAFT)
Lapland Longspur (1) FIFR, 11/5 (MS/JS)

BLACKBIRDS
Western Meadowlark (24) W-90, 11/8 (MS/JS)

(BBP) Big Beaver Pond-Anacortes Forest Lands; (BLCA) Barney Lake Conservation Area; (BUR) Burlington; (CI) Camano Island; (CISP) Camano Island State Park; (CS) Cap Sante; (CD) Channel Drive; (CL) Cranberry Lake; (EFI) East Fidalgo Island; (FIFR) Fir Island Farm Reserve; (FS) Fisher Slough; (GV) Guemes Valley; (LSP) Larrabee State Park; (MV) Mount Vernon; (PB) Padilla Bay; (PTF) Pilchuck Tree Farm; (RS) Rosario Strait; (SF) Samish Flats  (SHIP) Ship Harbor; (SA) Stanwood Area; (WP) Washington Park; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (AW) Andrea Warner; (BC) Brenda Cunningham;  (SAFT) Skagit Audubon Field Trip; (RH) Ramona Hammerly; (TM) Tim Manns

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